The Derby City Council will make appointments for a special task force at their April 11 meeting. The task force will be responsible for planning and implementing the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2019. Applications were due March 15.

Mayor Randy White says the council is looking for organized individuals who love Derby and have a desire to develop a unique plan.

“We need people that can create excitement and motivate others to get involved,” he said. “People that are willing to build on things we have done in the past and think of new ideas.”

Once appointed, the group will identify what kind of celebration the community desires. Then they will set the general scope of activities, such as what, when, where and who. How this will be implemented is yet to be decided. One thing for certain is the events will include a variety of options to include citizens of all ages.

“I think we have the opportunity to make this whatever we want,” said White. “I would like to see the (task force) come up with things to do that supports the character of our community. I would also like us to look at events that we can build on for future celebrations. We need a mixture of traditional old-fashioned fun and good family entertainment.”

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